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Ten-man Milan hold Ajax to edge into last 16

Published: Wednesday 11 December 2013, 23.05CET
AC Milan 0-0 AFC Ajax
The hosts survived nearly 70 minutes with ten men to secure the point needed to guarantee qualification for the knockout phase.
by Paolo Menicucci
from San Siro

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Match statistics

Milan
Ajax

0

Goals scored

0

36

Possession (%)

64

3

Total attempts

23

2

on target

11

1

off target

12

1

blocked

6

0

against woodwork

1

0

Corners

5

6

Offsides

2

4

Yellow cards

1

1

Red Cards

0

16

Fouls committed

17

15

Fouls suffered

14

368

Passes

709

228

completed

578

Lineups

milan

Milan

ajax

Ajax

32Abbiati (GK)22Cillessen (GK)
2De Sciglio
Yellow Card89
2Van Rhijn
4Muntari
Yellow Card90+5
4Moisander (C)
17Zapata5C. Poulsen
Substitution46
18Montolivo (C)
Red Card22
7Fischer
21Constant11Krkić
Substitution72
22Kaká
Substitution81
17Blind
Yellow Card63
25Bonera18Klaassen
34N. de Jong
Yellow Card83
20Schöne
45Balotelli
Yellow Card71
24Denswil
92El Shaarawy
Substitution24
25Serero
Substitution80

Substitutes

35Coppola (GK)1Vermeer (GK)
5Mexès
Substitution81
6Van Der Hoorn
Substitution80
9Matri9Sigthórsson
Substitution72
16Poli
Substitution24
16L. Andersen
23Nocerino23Hoesen
Substitution46
28Emanuelson27Ligeon
81Zaccardo34De Sa

Coaches

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Frank De Boer (NED)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Standings

Last updated: 12/12/2013 08:37 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
 
  
Published: Wednesday 11 December 2013, 23.05CET

Ten-man Milan hold Ajax to edge into last 16

AC Milan 0-0 AFC Ajax
The hosts survived nearly 70 minutes with ten men to secure the point needed to guarantee qualification for the knockout phase.

Despite playing with ten men for almost 70 minutes, AC Milan held off an AFC Ajax onslaught to secure the point that clinched second place in Group H and a berth in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

The visitors created several opportunities to score before and after Riccardo Montolivo's sending-off on 22 minutes, but a mix of resolute defending by Milan and poor finishing by Ajax allowed the Rossoneri to end in possession of the all-important second spot. With only a win good enough for Ajax to usurp the hosts, the result means the Dutch side's immediate European future lies in the UEFA Europa League.

Ajax started well and went close to taking an early lead after a slick team move, only for Cristián Zapata to block Viktor Fischer's shot with his body. From Lasse Schöne's resulting corner Christian Poulsen rose highest to flick towards the far post, only to see his deft header come back off the upright with Christian Abbiati beaten.

After 19 minutes a diving header by Davy Klaassen forced the Milan keeper into a plunging save to his left to prevent the 20-year-old from continuing his great scoring form, which has yielded five goals in his last three Eredivisie outings. Things swung further Ajax's way when home captain Montolivo received a red card for a late challenge on Poulsen.

With his captain off, and knowing a point would suffice, coach Massimiliano Allegri replaced forward Stephan El Shaarawy with a midfield reinforcement in Andrea Poli. However, the Ajax urgency seemed to flag after the dismissal, enabling Milan to breathe until the interval. Visiting boss Frank de Boer did not waste time in bolstering his attacking options, sending on Danny Hoesen at half-time and five minutes later Fischer fired over from a good position after a nice one-two with the substitute. Klaassen also tried his luck from outside the area but Abbiati was his equal.

The Ajax youngster had a clearer sight of goal shortly after, when a neat interchange on the edge of the box worked space on the right, yet his powerful effort from a tight angle was repelled by the boot of Abbiati. As time ticked down things became ever more frantic and it came to a head when, with the last kick of the game, Klaassen sent an overhead volley a fraction wide of the post. It was the cue for Milan and the hordes of home fans to emit a huge sigh of relief.

Last updated: 13/12/13 0.08CET

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